Persuasion vs. Compulsion

As I filled my gas tank with pricey ethanol-free gasoline, my liberal friend commented, "Oil companies are evil profit mongers and Isaac has put them in their place!!  Their record profits will definitely take a hit, YAY!!  And those corporate subsidies, well, take Isaac you illegitimate end-products!!"  I bit my tongue, and the conversation shifted to another (non-political) topic in what had to be record time. Thus is succoring the enemy sometimes a way to make peace.  One must always pick one's battles, as the wonderful proverb "For Want of a Nail*" has always taught us.  If you need a reminder, here it is: "For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a message the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail." Let petty rhetoric pass.  Such battles are not worth...(Read Full Post)